CHS Air Force JROTC Student Receives Cadet Leadership Award For The State Of Washington

CHS Air Force JROTC Student Receives Cadet Leadership Award For The State Of Washington

News Release from Clarkston School District

CLARKSTON, WA -- Cadet junior Natalie Elskamp has been awarded the “Air Force JROTC and Air Force Association Cadet Leadership Award for the State of Washington”.  Natalie competed against one junior cadet nominated by each AFJROTC unit in the State.  She will now compete in the regional competition against the winners in the States of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oregon.  The Regional Cadet winner will be announced on Friday 22 May.  If selected the Regional winner she will then compete for the overall top cadet in the Nation.  Natalie will be awarded the “Outstanding Cadet Ribbon” with a Silver Star for being chosen the State winner.

Natalie was the Flight Commander of her Junior Flight 1st Semester of academic year 2019-20 and Flight Commander of a Sophomore Flight for the entire year.

Additional leadership positions held by Natalie are Rocketry, Drill Team, JROTC Color Guards, the JROTC Military Ball Decoration Committee, and the JROTC Welcome Picnic Committee.

Additional extracurricular activities Natalie is involved in are the High School Tennis Team and the National Honor Society.

Natalie currently has 36.5 hours of community service, a 4.00 cumulative GPA , and she scored in the 76% percentile on her latest Fitness Assessment score which includes the one-mile run, V-Stretch, shuttle run, maximum pushups in one minute, and maximum sit-ups in one minute. 

Lt. Colonel Heflin, AF JROTC Instructor says, “She is a dependable, driven, reliable, humble, and an extremely motivated Leader!  We are so very lucky to have her in our program and most importantly as a Clarkston High Bantam.  Natalie is always searching to improve on a daily basis and that is very typical of great leaders; and most important for her it is about recognizing her people and their accomplishments.  This is a superb honor achieved by Natalie!  She represents Clarkston High School, her community, our program and herself with absolute class!”  

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